Jun 26, 2014

From murder to match-fixing: top controversies in World Cup history

Think Luis Suarez flashing his pearly whites is bad? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks back at some of the mayhem on and off the pitch at previous World Cups.

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Uruguayan star striker Luis Suarez is in hot water after he allegedly sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup match. This is the third time Suarez has flashed his fangs during a match and could lead to him being banned from soccer for 24 months. In light of this Crikey has come up with a list of the most controversial incidents in World Cup history. 1962: The Battle of Santiago The 1962 Chile v Italy match was described by English sportscaster David Coleman as “the most stupid, appalling, disgusting an disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game”. The first foul was recorded within 12 seconds, and the police had to break up at least three fights throughout the game. In the 12th minute Giorgio Ferrini refused to walk off the field after being dismissed by the referee and had to be dragged off by police. 1982: Schumacher scandal

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One thought on “From murder to match-fixing: top controversies in World Cup history

  1. TheFamousEccles

    Like the olympics, the world cup has lost any semblance of a sporting contest and is now (mostly, except for a few countries) contested by teams of overpaid, self absorbed, simpering ham actors who lost their souls long ago. Sadly, it is not likely to fade into obscurity any time soon, what with Qatar bribing it’s way to hosting, and piss-ant countries gleefully accepting any and every cent.

    As for Suarez, maybe he might die of syphilis or something in a reeking crack house? Karma has a way….

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